If you drive an electric or plug-in car and drive to work every day in it, you’ve probably given the topic of workplace charging stations some thought.
Convincing your boss to shell out company cash for a charging station might not be that easy, but now charging station provider ChargePoint wants to help you sweeten the deal through its new JumpStart program.
ChargePoint says it will give away a free charging station and offer discounted installation costs to any company looking to install electric car charging stations for its employees and visitors.
Interested companies and organizations must be new customers to ChargePoint, have a minimum of 50 employees at the location where the charging station will be installed, and make telephone or online application by October 15 (I called ChargePoint to confirm that local governments, schools, and nonprofits are also eligible as long as they meet these requirements).
Once approved, ChargePoint will give applicants a free CT2100 charging station. Capable of level 1 and level 2 charging, it will also come with the software needed to offer free or pay-as-you-go charging to employees and customers at the company’s discretion.
As ChargePoint is keen to mention, any company who signs up using its scheme will be in good company: Google, Dell, Symantec, AMD, Adobe, 3M, Netflix, and SAP are all listed as current customers of the charging station provider.